Distance Learning

Ancient Life

Plant fossil (background) on reddish rock. On the right, a trilobite on green shale.
A variety of fossils are found within Grand Canyon's rock layers.

NPS photos by Michael Quinn

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Grand Canyon National Park's free distance learning programs offer students an exciting introduction to the science behind the park.

In Ancient Life, students become paleontologists as they explore Grand Canyon's fossil record through a live and interactive lesson with park rangers via the Internet. By examining the canyon's fossils, rock layers, and current environments, students learn to use observations and inferences to hypothesize about past environments. They also participate in a game to learn what it takes to become a fossil. The program lasts about one hour.

How to Participate

Schools must have video conferencing capability to dial the park's IP address at the scheduled time, or they can participate online via Skype.

To Register:
Distance Learning Application Form

 Program Materials:

Once you are scheduled for a distance learning program, use the following links to access the lesson plans and materials needed to prepare your students. 

After the program, please participate in our online program evaluation to help us improve our educational efforts.

Related Links:


Climate Change, Earth Science, Geology, Landscapes, Paleontology, Physical Science
National/State Standards:
NS.K-4.1 Science as Inquiry
NS.K-4.3 Life Science
NS.K-4.4 Earth and Space Science
NS.K-4.6 Personal and Social Perspectives
NS.5-8.3 Life Science
NS.5-8.4 Earth and Space Science
Distance Learning

Last updated: August 14, 2018